SECOND REPORT FROM LIMA

Greetings from Lima, Peru!

I preached Sunday morning at 8:30 at Catredal de Fe, one of Lima’s great churches, where Arturo Ramos is Sr. Pastor. I shared the potentially anxious moments Marsha and I faced at the airport in Mexico City, then, from Philippians 4:4-7, gave them four guidelines for avoiding anxiety. Six or seven came forward for salvation at the close of the service.

At 11:30 Marsha and I went to Comunidad de Fe, one of our “home churches” in Lima, where our dear friends, Julio and Soledad Romero are pastors. Marsha shared a word from Romans 8:31, “If God be for us, who can be against us?” She reminded the congregation that we cannot be defeated by the enemy when we stand on God’s promises.

Sunday evening we went to Emanuel Bible Church of Zarate’ to spend the evening celebrating a combined Mothers’ Day/Fathers’ Day service. Marsha spoke on “The Qualities of a Good Mother”, and I followed up with “The Qualities of a Good Father”. Following our preaching we prayed for the moms and dads in the congregation, then the pastors, Jose and Raquel Vicente, gave Mothers’ Day and Fathers’ Day gifts to all the parents.

For those of you who may not know, the pastors of Emanuel are our first adopted Peruvian “kids”. We met them 14 years ago this month at the same conference we are attending this week. They were struggling with a divided church and we were able to encourage them and help bring them to a place of victory. Today their church is thriving, and they recently planted a second campus.

Last night I met with the Lima District pastors of the Evangelical Church of Christ of Peru, whose conference we are attending this weekend. We had dinner with them following the meeting. We have known many of the pastors there since our first trip 14 years ago, and it was good to see them.

Today we will spend time with the Vicente’ family, then have dinner with our friend, Bernabe’ Ardilas. Then, it’s meeting our ride at 5:30 in the morning for a trip to the airport and off to Trujillo for the conference. Tomorrow evening we will be at Daisy and Primitivo’s church in Trujillo for a special service. Thursday we will prepare for the conference, which begins on Friday.

Thanks for your prayers as we continue the Lord’s work in Peru. Your partnership with us means you share in the rewards of the labor! God bless you and we will report again from Trujillo.

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About Pastor Jim Dixon

Jim Dixon is a husband, father, grandfather, pastor, missionary and with his wife, Marsha, an author. Jim and Marsha are founders of God's Blueprint for Marriage, a ministry based on the experiences they had during reconciliation and restoration of their tumultuous marriage that would have ended in divorce, had it not been for God's intervention. Their marriage workshop called, not surprisingly, "God's Blueprint for Marriage" shares details of their failing marriage and, more importantly, the lessons they learned during the restoration process. Their book, "God's Blueprint for Marriage", is available through their web site, www.godsblueprint.info Jim is Missions and Small Groups Pastor at their church, Word of Life Fellowship. He and Marsha have a strong ministry presence in Peru, where he is a leader in the Evangelical Church of Christ of Peru, a Peruvian denomination. And Marsha is founder of Mujeres de Valor (Women of Worth), a ministry helping women in Peru find their place in service to God. They also work with Victory Bible College-Peru and Victory Fellowship of Ministries, organizations dedicated to training and supporting pastors and church leaders in that nation. Their two sons, Michael and Jeffrey, are also in ministry, Jeffrey full time as Youth Pastor of their church. Additionally they have a number of "adopted" sons and daughters, many of whom are in ministry as well. Jim is a professional storm chaser. You can hear him during severe weather in NW Arkansas on 40/29.
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